US Sets Digital Broadcasting Deadline

10 February 2006

Analog broadcasting in the US will go off air on February 17, 2009.

President George W Bush has finally signed legislation for the great digital switchover, plus provision for up to $1.5 billion (€1.25bn; £862m) to help the conversion of millions of American television sets.

The decision ends a prolonged political debate on the financial logistics of the change [WAMN: 31-Oct-05]. It also opens the way to the release of the analog spectrum for auction to wireless broadband providers - expected to enrich federal coffers by about $10bn.

Comments National Association of Broadcasters ceo David Rehr: "We have crossed an important threshold. NAB is pleased that Congress adopted many pro-consumer dTV measures in the legislation."

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